BASF Catalysts offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products including advanced battery materials. BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products, including advanced battery materials. We believe mobility’s future lies in more than just products. So where others come to a full stop, we’re just getting started—by leveraging the full power of BASF to continually advance our comprehensive package of sustainable solutions that enable us to travel further, as well as above and beyond. A leading supplier of high performance cathode active materials (CAM) for electrified vehicles to battery producers and automotive OEMs around the world. Protecting the air we breathe from harmful emissions through innovation. BASF leverages unsurpassed expertise in the development of emission control technologies for a wide range of market applications. BASF is committed to advancing and promoting environmentally-sound technologies to achieve a sustainable future in aviation. Offering 50 years of experience developing intelligent solutions for air quality over a wide range of applications — enabling clean air for a healthier, more sustainable future. As the global leader in chemical catalysts, BASF develops cutting-edge catalyst chemistry with our customers’ needs in mind. BASF offers the widest portfolio of adsorbent technologies for a broad spectrum of applications in industries such as refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas processing. At BASF, our Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst and additive offerings together with our expert technical services build the right solution to create value within any unit’s constraints. Paving the way toward a brighter, more secure future. Manufacturing products for sustainable solutions, reducing emissions from our processes, and using non-fossil fueled energy sources – all of these efforts help lead BASF on a continuing journey of sustainability. BASF Natural Gas experts have a diverse portfolio of products to custom design a solution and help you meet your Natural Gas treatment needs. BASF has been serving the natural gas treatment market for over 60 years. With more than 150 years of experience in metal sourcing, trading, and hedging, we’ve built tangible results for our industrial customers. With more than 100 years of experience in recycling materials, BASF’s end-to-end recycling program is known and trusted around the globe. As a leader in precious-metal thermocouples for many years, BASF recently applied its technological expertise to optical-based temperature measurement. With nearly 50 years of experience, we offer reliability and efficient solutions for the treatment of various gases. BASF Sorbead® Air adsorbents are alumino silicate gels in the form of hard, spherical beads. They are essential in removing water from compressed air so that the efficiency of chemical processes is not compromised. Sorbead® Air is the most energy saving and environmentally friendly adsorbent available for the air compression industry. Innovative, step-change technology with dual-purpose performance: removal of heavy hydrocarbons and water to cryogenic specifications in a single unit. Developing and producing pharmaceutical ingredients for more than 75 years, enabling us to provide the solutions you need to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges for your pharmaceutical business. Find the latest news and media information for BASF’s Catalysts division, headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, USA, the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. Explore this collection of resources to learn more about our innovative research and Catalyst solutions.
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Shaping the future of e-mobility

BASF develops innovative materials and technologies for current and next-generation lithium-ion batteries, as well as future battery systems for customers. Combining research and development activities with acquisitions, BASF has already built up broad product and technology portfolio to make lithium-ion batteries more powerful, reliable and affordable.

Electromobility: Crucial contribution in addressing global mobility needs

By 2030 there will be around 1.5 billion cars on the road worldwide. This growing need for mobility creates many challenges, but at the same time provides vast opportunities to develop innovative technologies that address them. The continuous development of advanced emission control technologies and the increasing demand for electric-powered cars will help reduce emissions and improve air quality on a global scale.

Electromobility, in combination with renewable energy, is an important contribution towards addressing global mobility needs. Electric vehicles, powered by renewable energy, reduce emissions and noise.

BASF, as the world’s leading chemical supplier to the automotive industry, has the technical expertise, leading products and capacities to develop intelligent solutions over a wide range of applications – enabling a healthier, more sustainable future.

Battery materials complement BASF’s product portfolio for the automotive industry, which comprises advanced combustion engine catalysts, lightweight plastics, insulation systems, coatings, automotive fluids and other product innovations that help address the needs of its customers.

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BASF Cathode Active Materials (CAM)

Cathode active materials are central to the performance, affordability, reliability and sustainability of advanced electric vehicle sbatteries.

We are the largest chemical supplier to the automotive industry with unparalleled customer access and market knowledge

We offer a broad advanced cathode active materials portfolio for lithium-ion batteries such as Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) oxide and Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) oxide

We have various strategic partnerships along the value chain to secure the leading competitiveness on sustainable and reliable raw materials supply

We have a strong market presence with production, research and development sites around the world located close to our customers

We aim to contribute to sustainable battery materials value chain and make electromobility a practical reality for everyone

We offer in-depth collaboration with academia on next generation of battery materials development

Product, Technology & Licensing

BASF’s portfolio of application-specific cathode active materials supports lithium-ion battery technology for electric vehicles with high-energy density, reliability and efficiency.

Our HED product family is a high-energy cathode active material for lithium-ion batteries that is well-suited to the evolving requirements of batteries in automotive drivetrains. Its high degree of purity and excellent product characteristics are bolstered by BASF’s proven ability to jointly develop products with customers. Meanwhile, BASF has a worldwide license to produce and market lithium-ion battery materials from Argonne National laboratories (ANL)—the global leader in Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) technology.

In April 2021, BASF and Umicore had entered into a non-exclusive patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of cathode active materials (CAM) and their precursors (PCAM), including chemistries such as nickel cobalt manganese (NCM), nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA), nickel cobalt manganese aluminum (NCMA) and lithium rich, high manganese high energy NCM (HE NCM). The agreement covers more than 100 patent families filed in Europe, US, China, Korea and Japan.

BASF’s portfolio of application-specific cathode active materials supports lithium-ion batteries for electrified vehicles with high energy density, reliability and performance.

Establishing a global footprint

BASF is continuing to develop its global footprint, focusing on customer proximity, enhancing its product portfolio, and securing sustainable raw materials supply. Learn more about our recent investments below.

BASF Shanshan Battery Materials Co., Ltd. (BSBM)

BASF Shanshan Battery Materials Co., Ltd. (BASF Shanshan), the joint venture formed by BASF and Shanshan in 2021, is one of the global leading lithium battery materials suppliers. Learn more below.

European Battery Materials Investment (EBMI)

European Battery Materials Investment (EBMI) project is to create a sustainable European battery materials value chain. Learn more below.

BASF TODA Battery Materials LLC (BTBM)

BASF TODA Battery Materials LLC is a joint venture formed by BASF Japan and Toda Kogyo, specializing in cathode active materials (CAM) for lithium-ion batteries.

Americas Battery Materials Investment (ABMI)

Americas Battery Materials Investment (ABMI) project is to create a sustainable North American battery materials value chain. Learn more below.

BASF is a strong player in the global battery materials market and operates production plants, pilot plants and R&D application technology centers in all regions. Click on the map to see the detailed BASF Battery Materials Footprint around the world.

Sustainability: Our ambition is to create a sustainable battery materials value chain for electric vehicles.

Electromobility is one of the key solutions to merge the global desire for individual mobility and the need to significantly reduce local emissions, especially in combination with renewable energy. As a global leading supplier of battery materials for lithium-ion batteries, we aim to contribute to sustainable battery materials value chain and make electromobility a practical reality for everyone.

Creating a sustainable value chain for battery materials

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The lifecycle of battery materials

We contribute by developing "closed loop" processes for the automotive industry globally by implementing circular solutions for the materials we source.

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